One look at the new 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 trail bike, and you’ll notice the bike’s refreshingly simple aesthetics. In a change of pace from typical Cannondale, the new Habit features simple graphics, toned-down colorways, and an overall focus on going out and riding without frills. Cannondale pulled out all the stops to ensure that all the rider needs to do is go out and enjoy the ride.
Cannondale’s new trail bike is based around their new Proportional Response suspension design. Cannondale found that riders of varying sizes experienced different suspension performance. To remedy this, Cannondale focused on rider center of gravity, or COG. By focusing on rider weight, positioning, and placement in each size, engineers were able to make a bike that performs just as well for the flyweight as it works for the heavyweight. Each size features different shock mounting points on the downtube and seattube, based on rider sag point. This bodes well for the updated Habit, as it now features 29” wheels and an increased 130mm suspension travel.
All Habit models feature a modern, progressive geometry across all sizes. A 66 degree headtube, a 75 degree seattube, appropriate reach, stack, and wheelbase measurements make for a bike that is perfectly modern. All Habit models offer clearance for 27.5” plus tires as well as 29 x 2.5” tires. It also features a flip chip should someone want to overfork with a 140mm or 150mm fork. All Habit and Bad Habit rear swingarms pair Boost 148mm spacing with Cannondale’s AI-offset to offer shorter chainstays and greater tire and mud clearance. Other features include an integrated chainstay protector, as well as an integrated downtube and bottom bracket protector. Habit Carbon 1 features an ultralight carbon swingarm that cuts substantial weight off of the standard alloy triangle.
The 2019 Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 pairs a carbon frame and alloy swingarm to a Fox 34 Factory fork and Fox Factory DPX2 EVOL rear shock, both with 130mm travel. A Shimano XTR M9100 drivetrain features to a Cannondale Hollowgram Si crankset and Shimano XTR Trail brakes. Cannondale specs a Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5″ WT front tire and a Maxxis High Roller II 2.3″ rear, and wraps it around a 29” Stan’s Arch to Shimano XTR hub wheelset. A Fox Transfer Factory dropper seatpost holds a Fabric Scoop saddle. The Habit Carbon 1 is available in four sizes (S-XL).
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